Plastic cutting boards don’t absorb bacteria. While wood cutting boards do absorb bacteria, the bacteria near the surface will die after the boards are cleaned and dried.
There is actually a lot of controversy over whether plastic or wood cutting boards are better at keeping bacteria away. Plastic cutting boards develop fewer grooves and therefore seemed less likely to pass along harmful microbes. However, studies show that wood cutting boards harbored fewer bacteria. This is because the wood is porous, and the bacteria get absorbed and trapped in the wood, where they die. Yet, knowing that there are bacteria inside my wooden cutting board isn’t very reassuring.
Either way, washing the boards properly is the best way to prevent bacterial growth.
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